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Beginning in 1866 until the present time many labor leaders have initiated many effective and important labor laws Throughout the past one hundred plus years there have been many steps forward in the labor movement along with a few major steps back The actions of these labor leaders and the accomplishments of the acts that they have helped to pass have paved the way for the American worker in todays society One of the labor laws that had an impact was the Taft-Hartley Act The Taft-Hartley act formerly called the Labor-management Relations Act was passed in 1947 Its founders were Senator Robert A Taft and Representative Fred A Hartley This act helped in collective bargaining along with allowing workers the right to defer from joining a union This act required unions to give notification of a strike sixty days before it was to occur It also outlawed specific union practices that were unfair and required that union officers must deny any Communist affiliations while under oath Another of the labor acts that contributed to the labor movement was the National Labor Relations Act It was passed by Congress in 1935 It has been called the Magna Carta of American labor The National Labor Relations Act guaranteed workers the right to join unions without fear of being punished by management In order to enforce this law the National Labor Relations Board was formed This act prevented employers from committing unfair labor practices that would make the worker be afraid to organize a union or sign a union contract Yet another labor law was the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 Created by Congressman Robert Bacon and Senator James Davis this act was mainly established to grant stability to the construction industry The bid requirements on public projects were low and this allowed outside contractors to obtain work on substandard wages This also caused contractors to look past the high paid local workers to the lower paid workers
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